During the decade-long period of healing, people in towns across America have been erecting memorials to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. There are some 700 recorded memorials in the U.S. and more are underway or planned. Most of them are in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, home to the majority of the victims. Others are hundreds of miles away, such as one in North Dakota.
The memorials vary widely in size, design, and cost. Some are public, others private. Some mark the event, others the people who perished. The memorials convey a variety of emotions and ideas, from loss to hope, in both concrete and symbolic ways. Some mark the life and character of an individual, others the values and ideals of the nation.
Remnants of the World Trade Center towers—typically steel girders—have been incorporated into many of the memorials. Some 1,100 pieces have been made available for that purpose.
Click ahead for a collection of memorials that capture the character of the hundreds throughout the nation, and the message they convey from the people behind the effort. To be sure, these 15 memorials are just the tip of a historical iceberg, so please send in a photo of the memorial you think best commemorates the event and tell us why. (Here's how.)By Ella Zhang
Posted 29 August 2011